Jensie Anderson, Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and the president of the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center (RMIC), was quoted in an October 9 Salt Lake Tribune story “Conviction tossed after 19 years, freed man wants Utah to pay up.”
The lengthy feature traces the travails of Bruce Dallas Goodman, who was freed in 2004 after serving almost two decades in the Utah State Prison for raping and murdering his girlfriend. New DNA tests didn’t match Goodman’s DNA and, thanks to RMIC’s efforts, his conviction was vacated. But he has never been recompensed by the state of Utah for the years he spent in prison. Today, he is homeless, living in Southern California.
As the story details, there is a difference between not guilty and factually innocent. Had a court found Williams to be factually innocent, he would have been eligible for assistance payments from the state for those who are wrongfully convicted.
“He’s really a forgotten person in the system,” Anderson told The Tribune, “You get them out and you cut them loose. Is that fair? That’s always on our minds.”
Anderson also said that RMIC was gathering information and hoped to file to an innocence claim that would make Goodman eligible for compensation.
To read the Tribune article, click here.